Santa Monica resident Mae LaBorde, a longtime member of the Santa Monica College Advisory Board who began an acting career in her 90s, will celebrate her 100th birthday Sunday, May 17th.
The celebration is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. at the YMCA, 1332 Sixth St., in Santa Monica.
LaBorde is a member of the Santa Monica Historical Society’s speaker’s bureau and the historical society will recognize her milestone birthday during the celebration.
Friends say LaBorde is still active and is a role model for seniors and women.
A native of Fresno, she arrived in Los Angeles at the height of the Great Depression. She met her husband, Nicholas LaBorde, a conductor on the old Los Angeles “Red Car” trolley line, when she used to take the trolley home from work.
LaBorde always kept working at one job or another, including as a bookkeeper for Lawrence Welk, friends say. She, her husband and daughter later moved into a small storybook house in Ocean Park, where she still lives.
LaBorde has been involved in the community throughout her life, serving as a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop. At 89, she took a police training course with the Santa Monica Citizen’s Academy.
She began an acting career at age 93 and has appeared on television numerous times on shows such as Bill Maher and Mad TV, as well as commercials for Lexus, Sears and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. LaBorde has a role in an upcoming movie with actor Ben Stiller.
She says her secret to a long life is “never to retire.”